Joe Joyce may not take long to despatch Palmer
Olympic star progressing well
Channel 5, 10.30pm Saturday
Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce continues his professional journey at London's York Hall with a clash against American-based giant Donnie 'Big Nasty' Palmer, but don't expect an upset.
This is Joyce's third pro outing and he has looked good so far, starting with an eighth-round KO of established domestic-level fighter Ian Lewison before a first-round stoppage of overmatched Croatian Rudolf Jozic last month.
Big things are expected of Joyce, known as The Juggernaut, and this is seen as a tune-up fight ahead of a tougher test on the undercard of the Tony Bellew v David Haye rematch in May - Haye is Joyce's promoter - and they are taking no risks by matching him with Palmer.
Standing 6ft 10in, Big Nasty looks intimidating but he is nowhere near the level of Joyce, and although a record of 9-1-1 with 8 KOs looks decent, none of his opponents have been of a high standard.
Fighting such a big man will be a useful exercise for Joyce, but once he finds his range it should not last long.
At the prices Joyce is virtually unbackable to win, but a bet on a first or second-round stoppage could be the way to go when prices become available.
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